We interviewed American singer-songwriter Dave Hause to discuss his U.K. tour, previous punk and hardcore bands he has performed with and his new album.
Interview by Jane Howkins.
You’re doing a tour of the U.K. in a couple of months – are you looking forward to it?
Very much so. I haven’t been to the UK since 2014, and prior to that I was there at least once, usually twice a year from 2011-2014 so I really miss it. To come back with a band is going to be really fun.
You performed on the Revival Tour a few years ago, alongside artists such as Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem/The Horrible Crowes), Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), and Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio/Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room). How did that come about, and how did you find it
All 3 of those guys had been dear friends for many years prior, so I think it had to do with everyone feeling comfortable while t the same time doing something musically challenging. I released Resolutions in early 2011, which was right when Chuck was putting that particular Revival Tour together, and Chuck called and asked. It was honestly life altering. Not only did I learn so much from everyone on that tour but I accidentally ended up really developing a European audience, which changed my course. As that tour went on, each guy privately pulled me aside, and said “Dave, this solo thing is something you need to really pursue. You may not want to go back to The Loved Ones full time, this thing is catching fire.”. It was an amazing tour, I’d love to do it again.
Do you know if there are any plans in place for a similar tour, and would you like to perform with those guys again like that?
There are no immediate plans to tour it, but I do think we are going to do a one off Revival Tour show for my 40th birthday in California in 2018. Chuck did that tour for many years in a row, and it is really gruelling – physically, mentally, and financially. I think he decided to focus on his solo touring for a few years and then he and Jill had their son, so he’s been focused on other things. I’d pretty much drop everything to do Revival Tour, it’s that special of a tour.
You have a new album coming out soon called Bury Me In Philly. What can you tell us about that?
I can tell you that we set out to make an upbeat, hopeful, positive rock and roll record, and I believe we achieved that goal. I can tell you I co-wrote some of the lyrics with my brother Tim, which was amazing. I can tell you that Eric Bazilian (The Hooters, Joan Osbourne) and William Wittman (Cyndi Lauper, The Outfield) produced it and were really terrific to work with. I’m really fired up for it to finally come out!
Whilst a lot of your work in the past few years has been solo, you have also been in a few bands, including The Loved Ones, Paint It Black, The Curse, and Step Ahead. Which do you prefer, and how does playing solo differ from being in a band?
I prefer playing music under my own name in a band to help me fully realise the songs. It’s really not that different, it’s just that these three records are the most recent and the most distilled version of what my musical intention is. I haven’t made any more new music with those other bands for a long time.
A couple of years ago you joined punk supergroup The Falcon, who had been around for over a decade by that point. Why did you decide to join the band then, and how did that come about?
It was something fun to do, I actually never heard the band until after I had offered to play with them, I just knew the guys and we were all pals. They were doing a big reunion show in Chicago and needed a guitar player, so I offered, and then we played the show. Brendan started writing that record the next day, I wrote a song for it in about 4 minutes.
Are there any plans for The Falcon to release any new music or go on tour in the near future?
Not that I can be a part of. It was sort of a perfect storm wherein Dan wasn’t busy with the Trio, The Lawrence Arms weren’t doing anything, and I was writing and recording Bury Me, so we all were miraculously available to do a bunch of shows. I can’t imagine we’ll be able to do anything like that again.
The band you are perhaps most famously associated with is The Loved Ones, and last year you played a set of shows to celebrate the ten year anniversary of début album Keep Your Heart. How did it feel to have reached that point, and how did you find the gigs?
Well, I suppose to some people that may be true, but the Loved Ones were not a “famous” band I’ve certainly played to way more people, sold (and now released) more records, gone more places, and soon will have spent more time as a solo artist. That band was busy from 2004-2010. I’ve been playing solo since 2011. That said, it was nice to celebrate by playing with all of the members at once, we combined the 3 piece Keep Your Heart lineup with the 4 piece Build And Burn lineup and that made us pretty formidable. The gigs were fun, but exhausting. I love playing high octane, punk rock shows, but I love playing new material more.
Your last full album (Build And Burn) with The Loved Ones was released back in 2008. Do you have any plans to release another, or would you rather just tour? Would you consider doing a special tour for the ten year anniversary of that album?
We don’t have plans to do anything. I’m not interested in doing anything Loved Ones related except for making new material, if we can get around to it. The Keep Your Heart 10 Year Anniversary tour was really fun and it was really affirming to know that we made something that people loved and were able to celebrate, but I’m not interested in looking back. I’m okay to do it for a moment or two, but just not for very long. That’s a great band, and I think we could make more great recordings, and if we did then we’d play some shows. It just depends on everyone’s schedule and willingness to work. We’ll see.
Your music has been quite varied over the years, although often with a punk edge to it. Who/what would you say you are most influenced by when writing and recording?
It has changed over the years, but Tom Petty, Patty Griffin, Springsteen, Dylan, The Beatles, Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst, The Clash and Paul Simon have always been guiding lights for me.
Why do you think people should come and see you perform, and what can people expect from a Dave Hause show?
This band is REALLY excited to start playing shows. I put together some amazing players who really should be more well known for how great they are, so we are coming through with that inherently Philadelphia underdog mentality. On the March tour I’m aiming to have played every song from Resolutions, Devour, and Bury Me In Philly over the course of the tour, because so many fans come to multiple shows. We have also been promising a band for so long, so I think it’s only fair to vary the setlist and play a lot of different material. I can’t wait.
Any last words for the fans?
Thanks much for the interview, see you on tour!